The Highland Park/Edison community will be hosting a Chai Lifeline Shabbaton on March 1 - 2, 2019. Approximately 25 girls, ages 7 - 15, who have life-threatening illnesses, will attend.
Please help us make this an event to remember by sponsoring or volunteering today. Checks should be made out to Chai Lifeline and mailed to David Waizer, 53 North 7th Ave., Highland Park.
High school students who would like to volunteer, should contact Barbara Edery.
Join Daughters of Etz Ahaim and Raritan Valley Hadassah for a joint Tu B'Shvat Seder
Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish New Year of the trees. We will feast upon the seven species of the Land of Israel: figs, dates, pomegranates, olives, grapes or raisins, wheat, wine or grape juice—and so much more. We will hear tales connected to trees, learn about Sephardic and Ashkenazic customs for Tu B'Shvat, and sing songs for the holiday.
Warm up your winter Friday night with AAU's first ever Whiskey and Wisdom event! You will have the opportunity to taste four varieties of scotch whiskey representing four age classifications and levels of smokiness, accompanied by the narration of resident scotch aficionado Josh Abrams. Each tasting will be paired with a mini-shiur by Rabbi Miodownik, distilling the Torah and tasting notes for each selection. Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages will be served as well. This will be an evening where spirits are used to enhance the spirit.
Please reserve your spot by emailing the office administrator and submitting payment (if applicable) in advance.
Reservations deadline: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Please join RPRY in its mission to provide a stellar Jewish education for all students, by donating generously to the RPRY Scholarship Fund. The Toby Mayer Memorial Scholarship Breakfast honoring Rabbi Steven Miodownik will be held on December 23, 2018, at 9:30 am.
Go to our webpage to make a donation to RSVP. Thank you!
An Adult/Child CPR with AED class will be offered on Saturday night, December 22 at 7:30pm The class will last until around 10:30pm.
American Heart Association certification will be provided. Cost is $50.00
Class size is limited, so make your reservation now.
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What if you can’t run or hide?
What do you do when the shooter is right next to you?
What do you do when your children can’t escape?
What do you do when the shooter breaks through your safe room?
Learn the systematic and logical way to fight a gunman
For men, women, and teens ages 13 and older.
$10 admission. Free with Rutgers ID.
Text RSVP to 918-834-6665 to make a reservation.
Space is limited!
About the Instructor: Eilon Even-Esh received special forces training in the IDF and also served as Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. As founder and head instructor of Shomer360, Even-Esh travels throughout the US, teaching seminars in self defense, marksmanship, and institutional security.
For More Information: Contact Rabbi Carlbach at 732-296-1800
Tomchei Shabbos of Middlesex County has been providing Shabbos and Yom Tov food packages to needy families in the Highland Park, Edison and East Brunswick communities since 2009.
A community-wide concert featuring Benny Friedman, to benefit Tomchei Shabbos of Middlesex County and RPRY will be held Motzei Shabbat, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.at the Highland Park High School.
Tickets are $36 for general admission, $50 for VIP, and $100 for sponsors.
Long time member Ze''ev Feldman is making aliyah to Israel soon, and many members of Etz Ahaim are putting together a special Kiddush in his honor.
You can join in the celebration by helping us sponsoring this kiddush. Just press the Become a Sponsor button on the right.
Saturday, December 15 Kiddush
After Morning Services
Join in the celebration and become a sponsor!
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Featuring the Ramaz Upper School Choir and Chamber Choir
The Ma’ale Adumim Youth Orchestra, part of the George W. Schaefer Music Conservatory in Ma’ale Adumim, is composed of musicians wh are handpicked from school music programs and invited to continue their music education, and are taught by some of the countries leading artists. One of the leading youth symphonies in the Stare of Israel, established merely seven years ago, it has already won national and & international recognition, winning its first international award at the Bratislava International Competition for Youth.
Ramaz, a Modern Orthodox Day School in New York City, has a rich history of Jewish education. The Ramaz Upper School Choir has taken part in a national choral competition in Virginia Beach and has brought its music to communities in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Israel. The Chamber Choir has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center, the International Arts Expo, the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and on CBS
VIP (Includes entry to VIP Reception: $180
For Tickets, visit Carnegie Hall’s website or call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. Box Office at 57th and Seventh Avenue in New York.
For VIP Tickets, go to B’nai Zion Foundation’s website.
The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park presents Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman discussing, Jewish Heroines in History & Today on Motzei Shabbat, November 17 at 8:30pm at Ohr Torah. She will analyze Jewish heroines of the past and discuss how OU Women’s Initiative is working in support of Jewish Heroines of today and tomorrow.
Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman is the director of the newly formed Department of Women’s Initiatives at the Orthodox Union. She and her husband Rabbi Avraham Shmidman are Rabbi and Rebbitzen at the Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The program is free of charge.
The Orthodox Forum gladly accepts season sponsorships, as well as program sponsorships. Please visit The Orthodox Forum for more information.
Once again, the Edison/Highland Park community will be hosting a unit of IDF combat veterans November 4th to the 11th.
JoinPeace of Mind next Motzei Shabbat, November 10 for a Dessert Reception at Rutgers Hillel. This event is free and open to everyone. Laugh with Iris Bahr, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedienne at her Peace of Mind debut.
Doors open at 7:45 p.m.
Cordially invite you to join us for a discussion
Unfolding the Tuition Crisis
At the home of Leslie and Joshua Ostrin
221 Riverview Avenue, Highland Park NJ 08904
Monday, October 15
8 PM - 9 PM
About Teach NJS
Teach NJS is dedicated to securing government funding to ensure that nonpublic schools are better, safer, and more affordable.
Esther Tucker was a member of our Synagogue for a long time. Although she was disabled, she did her best to attend services and classes. She was outgoing, optimistic, and friendly. She always looked at the good in people, and even though resources were tight, would sponsor breakfasts on Sundays.
When Esther was no longer able to live alone, many of us helped her get accepted into the Regency Jewish Heritage Home on Demott Lane. Whenever someone visited her there, she was always cheerful and optimistic.
She passed away last August at the nursing home. She had attended Mincha services and told the nurses she felt tired. They took her back to her room to rest before Maariv services, but she passed away by Maariv.
We are all honoring her memory by going to her unveiling. Contact us if you need a ride or can offer others a ride.
Synagogue member Spencer Rockman — the best soccer coach in the entire galaxy — has been nominated for MSL Works! Community MVP. If he wins, he will get a $25,000 donated to the charity of his choice!
Spencer has been working with kids for almost five decades. His innovated approach has electrified and entertained tens of thousands through generations for almost five decades. His graduating players and coaches span the spectrum of the soccer community — U.S. National Team, Professionals, Olympics, College, High School, youth, and early childhood. And many of these kids have gone on to inspire other children.
Vote early and often! You can vote every 24 hours, so vote daily. You don't need to give your email address or any information. Simply go to his page and vote. It only takes a second, and the charity of his choice could win that $25,000.
Every year, the RPRY 8th grade class interviews holocaust survivors and tells their personal stories in a film documentary called Names, not Numbers. It is a moving story of the individuals, their fight for survival, and the struggle of putting their lives back together after the war.
Congregation Ahavas Achim will be showing this on Tish'a B'Av, July 22 at 2:30pm.
There are six restrictions that take effect beginning 8.23 pm on Shabbat July 21 which must be observed till the end of Tisha Be’av, Sunday July 22 at 9.05 pm.
- Eating and drinking,
- Washing oneself,
- Rubbing oneself with oils or lotions,
- Wearing leather shoes,
- Marital relations.
- Our Sages also prohibited learning Torah on Tisha Be’av, for the words of Torah gladden the heart.
The only portions of Torah that one may study are the book of Iyov (Job), the prophecies regarding the destruction of the Temple in the book of Yirmeya (Jeremiah), the portions of Midrash and Talmud regarding the destruction of the Temple, the laws of mourning, and the like. One may likewise learn Mussar which arouses one to repent and humble the heart.
One may not wash one’s body on Tisha Be’av with either hot or cold water; One may not even stick one’s finger into water (for pleasure). Thus, on the morning of Tisha Be’av, one should wash one’s hands (Netilat Yadayim) only until one’s knuckles three times on each hand while alternating hands, and then recite the blessing of “Al Netilat Yadayim.” After using the restroom, one should wash one’s hands the same way, only until the knuckles.
One should not wash one’s face on the morning of Tisha Be’av; rather, after washing one’s hands, before drying them while they are still wet, one may rub them over one’s eyes. If one is extremely concerned about one’s personal hygiene and does not feel at ease with himself without washing one’s face in the morning, one may indeed do so on the morning of Tisha Be’av.
With Special Thanks to:
Chana Bishburg - Rivka Greenberg - Diana Hakakian
Millie Hakim - Yvonne Levy - Carol Marcovici
Gloria Morris - Rose Reiss - Elizabeth Simon
Liba Shakarchi - Rachel Weintraub
For their service to Etz Ahaim and our community.
Dinner is $26 per person
All Women and Girls are Welcome
Please make reservations by June 12th
To make reservations, contact Millie Hakim at 609-235-9192
A personal account by Mr. Israel Maya, former president of the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Last year, we sponsored our first annual Kugel Kiddush as a way to celebrate the uniqueness of the Highland Park Jewish community. Like many communities, we are a place where many of us have different outlooks and different traditions, but we still all remain friends because we are able to overlook these tiny differences and see everyone as part of the same Jewish body.
No one exemplified this more than Sorah Rosen. She was always cheerful and always had something nice to say to anyone. She loved children and Torah. She was a constant figure at Rabbi Bassous' classes and classes from Rabbis throughout our community. When she couldn't attend in person, she would listen to them online.
Sorah was a very special individual. In Michigan, before moving to HP, she started a Jewish library in her town in memory of her husband. She created a program to teach history to children using old photographs — a program adopted around the world. She was a pianist, and loved music.
In Sorah Rosen's memory, we are inviting everyone in the community, no matter what synagogue they call Home. No matter what tradition minchag they follow and join together in celebration that we all share the same Jewish Heritage and we are all children of Averham Avinu.
If you would like to help sponsor this event, please make a donation below.